VCC News

Case Report: Malignant neoplasia of the brain treated with CyberKnife radiation therapy

Penny, a 5.5 year old female spayed Boxer, initially presented to her primary care veterinarian for rapidly progressive circling, ataxia, behavior changes and mental dullness. Due to the severity of neurologic signs, advanced imaging (MRI) was recommended. An MRI revealed an intra-axial mass in the right prosencephalon that was heterogeneous, hyperintense on T2 weighted images, hypointense on T1 weighted mages and peripherally contrast enhancing. This mass was in the area of the rostral internal capsule and right caudate nucleus. The mass measured 1.5 x 2.4 x 3.2 cm. There was a second 2 cm mass present in the white matter of the rostral left pyriform lobe with similar imaging characteristics. The 2 masses were equivocally connected by a thin bridge of tissue. Focal susceptibility artifacts in the center of the masses were noted, consistent with hemorrhage and a significant amount of perilesional edema was associated with both lesions. The top differential in this case was a... Read More


The VCC is very excited to be presenting the 9th Annual Continuing Education Lecture on "New Therapies for Lymphoma and Advances in Radiation Therapy for Nasal Tumors". We have always strived for excellence in everything that we do and this event will be no different. Due to the quality of the venue, support staff, and wonderful food we will once again be hosting the event at the beautiful Stamford Yacht Club. For those that missed the event last year you are in for a wonderful and educational experience. - To register click here

We will also are very excited to have a special guest speaker John Gerecitano, MD, PhD, who is a Medical Oncologist on the Lymphoma Service at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he serves as the principal investigator in phase I and phase II clinical trials in the development of new lymphoma treatments. He will give a brief presentation about the value of... Read More


The VCC is now offering in-house CT scanning!

The VCC is pleased to now offer in-house CT scanning!  Our newest addition is a high-speed four-slice CT scanner that will add to the staging and treatment options already available at the VCC for patients with cancer.  The benefits of this new state-of-the art technology include:

    • Greater ability to visualize primary tumors allows us to know how invasive our patient’s tumors are

    • Better ability to stage patients to ensure that we can give pet owners the correct information to make the best decisions about their loved ones:

      • CT has greater resolution and can detect metastases as small as 2 to 3 mm compared with 1 cm for plain radiographs

      • Usually much more conclusive when animals have suspicious areas on plain radiographs

      • CT scan gives us the ability to see lymph nodes that are not usually accessible, like retropharyngeal and pelvic... Read More


Veterinary hospital doctors and support staff are invited to field a team(s) and bring their adoring public to cheer them on as they compete in interactive, intellectual and physical games in the ACF Veterinary Challenge™.  

Participating teams will enjoy an evening of fun, laughter and refreshments as they vie for the coveted ACF Veterinary Challenge™ Champion Trophy & Grand Prize, build team pride, forge bonds in the local community and draw public attention to the similarities between pet & human cancer prevention, research and development of effective treatments. 

Participant donations go to the Animal Cancer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer by funding research in comparative oncology, the study of naturally occurring cancers in pets & people.

Trophies and gift prizes awarded as well in these fun categories:  Best Team Spirit Trophy, Best Team... Read More


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From signs and symptoms to what to do if your dog's been diagnosed, get the important dog cancer information you need. While too many dogs still get diagnosed with cancer each year, new research and treatments are... Read More


Recently the Veterinary Cancer Center added to their armamentarium in the fight against  cancer with a Strontium-90 superficial probe. A Strontium -90 probe is a radioactive probe that can be placed against a tumor to deliver high doses of radiation.  The benefit of this probe is that it emits very low energy radiation, so the radiation only penetrates 2-4 mm into the patient (about the thickness of two quarters).  This means that for small, superficial tumors we can deliver a very large dose to the tumor and surrounding skin, with little to no risk of long term side effects.  Most patients develop a scab in the area after treatment, which resolves over 4-6 weeks, then the area will remain hairless.  Significant long-term side effects are very rare.

Strontium – 90 probes have been used to treat small superficial tumors, including mast cell tumors in cats, solar induced squamous cell carcinomas in cats, small mast cell tumors in some dogs like pugs.  It may be beneficial in... Read More


Important Updates at The VCC

Dr. Post is now available for appointments on Tuesdays at The VCC in Norwalk!

As of February 3rd, Dr. Post and The Veterinary Cancer Center will no longer be seeing cases at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford, but will instead be seeing cases at our Norwalk facility in order to provide the best possible care to our referring veterinarians , clients and patients.

EXPERIENCE MATTERS

The Veterinary Cancer Center has over 50 years of combined experience treating animals with cancer. We are always available for any questions you may have about any cancer case.

LATER HOURS ON TUESDAYS!

For the convenience of your clients, The Veterinary Cancer is now open until 9:00 PM every Tuesday, with early morning drop-off appointments starting at 8:00AM available as well!

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As an oncologist, one cancer that I find can be the most satisfying to treat in dogs is lymphoma.  Most dogs with lymphoma will go into remission after only a few treatments and they will often stay in remission for months.  During this time, aside from having to come to see the oncologist for treatment, their quality of life is often very good.  Once they get into remission owners often report that they are running, playing or just living their normal life as if they never had cancer.

Unfortunately, almost all of these pets will eventually come out of remission and succumb to their disease.  In the past twenty years there has been little to no improvement in the remission and survival times with chemotherapy alone.

That is one reason why it is exciting to be able to use half body radiation in addition to chemotherapy in dogs.  With this protocol, dogs are first treated with chemotherapy to get them into remission and this is followed by two treatments of half body... Read More


The Veterinary Cancer Center and Adopt-A-Dog Inc., in conjunction with the Greenwich Emergency Medical Service, introduces a public seminar for pet first aid and disaster readiness. Be prepared for the next hurricane, winter storm or days without power for your four legged companions! Come learn the best practices and be prepared for your pet in a case of an emergency. You must register to attend so please email your name, email address and contact number of all people attending and send to events@vcchope.com or call us directly to at 203-838-6626.


Seminar held on Jan. 15:                       

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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At the 2013 ACVR meeting in October in Savannah, Georgia, our radiation oncologist/medical oncologist Dr. John Farrelly was named as an associate editor for the journal, Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound.  This journal serves as one of the most influential sources of information for primary research on the use of radiation therapy for treating cancer as well as diagnostic imaging in all animals.  This volunteer position is a new one, which was created to ensure that the journal continues to focus on publishing the most relevant and important studies on the treatment of pets with radiation.

When asked about this position, Dr. Farrelly commented, “As the associate editor for Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound my hope is that I will be able to help select studies for the journal that will provide the highest level of knowledge on how we should diagnose and treat cancer in animals.”

“Working at the Veterinary Cancer Center not only allows me to provide cutting edge... Read More


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